Instant halftime analysis: Clemson 10, Boston College 7

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Stoudt hands off to Adam Choice in the first half

CHESTNUT HILL, MA – Ammon LakipAmmon Lakip
RS Jr. Kicker
#36 5-10, 200
Alpharetta, GA

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hit a 23-yard field goal as time ran out in the first half and Clemson leads Boston College 10-7 at the half in Alumni Stadium.

The Tigers had a 12-play, 69-yard drive that ran the last 3:21 off the clock in breaking the 7-7 tie.

Player of the half: Clemson’s defense as a whole. The Tigers have held BC’s vaunted rushing attack to 45 yards on 18 carries, an average of 2.5 yards per carry. Overall the Eagles have just 68 total yards.

Stat of the half: The difference in the two offenses is that Clemson is finding success through the air. Senior Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
Sr. Quarterback
#18 6-4, 231
Dublin, OH

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is 14-of-19 for 144 yards.

What’s working for the Tigers: The passing game, especially to the tight ends late in the half. Mike WilliamsMike Williams
So. Wide Receiver
#7 6-5, 208
Vance, SC

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also has four catches for 67 yards. Defensively, Clemson’s defensive ends are setting the edge on the read-option, and holding Murphy and the Boston College offense in check. Stoudt has six carries for 19 yards, including a 13-yard run that set up the field goal.

What’s not working for the Tigers:The offensive line continues to have problems in pass protection and run blocking. Stoudt has looked decent at times, but missed a wide-open Adam HumphriesAdam Humphries
Sr. Wide Receiver
#13 5-11, 193
Spartanburg, SC

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on a late second quarter drive. Safety Robert SmithRobert Smith
Sr. Safety
#27 5-11, 211
St. George, SC

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injured his right knee late in the first half and headed to the locker room. Adam Choice also seemed to suffer a knee injury and has not returned.

What Clemson needs to do to win - Keep throwing the football, allowing the running lanes to open. Defensively – stay the course. Special teams have been decent except for one long BC kickoff return, but the Tigers get the ball to start the second half. A score would put pressure on the BC offense.

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